A Yonkers firefighter had a very exciting day when he delivered a baby on his first day of work. Identified as Michael Iacovello, a probationary firefighter, more commonly known as a ‘probie’, was a part of the Engine Company 303 team of the YFP who delivered the baby girl.
Iacovello fondly remembers the night as it was his first day at work. He had just started his very first shift when he received his first even call.
“All of a sudden, I felt like a weird pain then I realized that the baby is coming,” said the woman identified as Obadianah Boakye-Aboagye. “We have to do something. We decided to make the 911 call.”
This was the mother’s fourth child and there was not enough time to make the trip to the local hospital, according to the first responders.
“We could hear her screaming the moment we got to the door,” Capt. Canfield said as they arrived at the Riverdale Avenue home of Boakye-Aboagye. “The baby was crowning, so we immediately jumped into action.”
They decided not to take the risk of taking the woman to the hospital and to perform the procedure at her home.
“I was really nervous, I was excited, but the training kicked in,” Iacovello told a news portal. “She started crying once we suctioned her, and I cut the umbilical cord.”
Iacovello got a chance to meet with the family, including the healthy baby girl, and received a cake from his department that read “It’s a Girl! Congratulations Mike”.